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Reference number

SM (1) volume 74/50 (2) volume 74/51

Purpose

Preliminary working drawings for central dome with groin-vaulted end-bays, side aisles and eastern recess, showing clerestory lunettes, segmental arches and panelled pilasters, October 1797-January 1798 (2)

Aspect

1-2 Plan of the Transfer Office and The Longitudinal Section

Scale

(1) bar scale (2) to a scale

Inscribed

1 as above, The Bank of England, skylight (twice), Wills and Powers, Chief Clerk, Unclaimed Dividends, Centre of 4 Per Cent, Base to project / ¼ of an inch / June 16th 1798 (twice), dimensions and (pencil) calculation given 2 as above, The springing to be solid port[land] stone to nearly the / width of the rib viz3:0 / Yorkstone the full depth of the arch viz 3:0 by 1:12 / every 4th or 5th course for the first 4 or five feet / from the stone springer; from thence to the Centre a / course of yorkstone as before every 8th course / The whole of this Arch must be laid in a close joint, / both at back as well as soffite, & wherever the / summering ['The beds of stones or bricks of an arch considered with reference to their direction' OED] will permit, let the soffite be a paving / bricks & the back of the arch be a building brick / The Bricklayers must be careful that the brickwork / in the key -pt---ds [illegible] beyond the ---ic [illegible] of the Rib or arch / as sketched, so as to form a right angle to meet / the rib of the other arch, by which means each arch / will have a proper bearing at right angles / The rib or arch should stand across the Groin / thus, dimensions given

Signed and dated

(1) (red ink) L. I. F. Octr 26th 1797 (2) 10th Jany 1798

Hand

Soane office

Notes

These are the first dated drawings from Soane's office for the Consols Transfer Office, that survive. The plan, within the scheme for the Lothbury Court, was approved on 10 October 1797. To see the drawing approved by the Committee on 10 October 1797, see drawing 2 in the Lothbury Court and surrounding offices scheme (SM 9/4/30).
The office had an east-west orientation with its longitudinal axis running across the north end of the Four Per Cent and Bank Stock Offices. The earliest ground plans for the north-east extension, including rough preliminary designs for the Consols Transfer Office, however, date to 1794. In these drawings the office's longitudinal axis runs parallel to Bartholomew Lane on a north-south orientation. To see the earlier plans go to drawings 3-4 in the Aquiring property to the north-east, and preliminary plans for the extension scheme (SM 9/3/3-9/3/4).
The design was modelled on the scheme for the Bank Stock Office. However, the new hall was not constricted by the original foundations and thus Soane was able to raise the height of the dome, lengthen the end-bays and add a recess at the east end. It was a four-part plan, closer to Antique models of Roman basilicas.

Literature

(1) D. Abramson, Money's architecture: The building of the Bank of England, 1731-1833, Pt. 2, Doctoral thesis for the Department of Fine Arts, Harvard University, 1993, ill. 181

Level

Drawing

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